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The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico

Updated July 25, 2020 1.6k votes 106 voters 4.7k views80 items

List RulesOnly artists born or raised in New Mexico or bands formed in New Mexico.

Here are the best artists and bands from New Mexico. Dating back to the time when the ancient Pueblo and Anasazi people lived in the state, New Mexico has a rich music history. In the 1940s, New Mexico became home to a well-known studio where the likes of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly recorded songs. The area established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry when The Fireballs earned a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with their song "Sugar Shack." 

The most popular musical artists from New Mexico play in all kinds of different genres. Bands like The Shins specialize in folk rock while The Echoing Green is more synthpop. It is difficult to nail down a specific vibe of the area because the state itself is so eclectic. Numerous artists were either born or raised in the state, and plenty of bands first formed here. One thing is certain: New Mexico's contributions to pop culture extend far beyond Breaking Bad. Other famous New Mexico artists include Demi Lovato, Beirut, John Denver, and Glen Campbell.

You may now be asking yourself, "Which musical artists are from New Mexico?" You may be surprised to see your favorite artists are on this list. Check out the bands and singers below to find dozens of artists hailing from the Land of Enchantment. Vote for the ones you like best. 

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    John Denver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    John Denver

    Western music, Pop music

    AlbumsRocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together, Take Me Home, Country Roads

    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia

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    Al Hurricane, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Al Hurricane, Jr.

    New Mexico music
    Al Hurricane Jr. (born Alberto Nelson Sanchez Jr. on October 30, 1959) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    The Shins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    The Shins

    Indie pop, Folk rock

    AlbumsChutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow, Oh, Inverted World

    The Shins are an American indie rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Glen Campbell

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThat Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Glen Campbell Christmas, Merry Christmas

    Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer, guitarist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Demi Lovato

    Indie pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsDon't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi, Unbroken, Walmart Soundcheck

    Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Beirut is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Beirut

    Pop music, Folk music

    AlbumsThe Flying Club Cup, Gulag Orkestar, Elephant Gun, Pompeii EP, Lon Gisland

    Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native... more on Wikipedia

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    Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Ryan Bingham

    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsMescalito, Tomorrowland, Wishbone Saloon, Dead Horses, Junky Star

    Ryan Bingham (born George Ryan Bingham on March 31, 1981) is a Grammy Award, Academy Award,... more on Wikipedia

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    Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Bo Diddley

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues

    AlbumsBo Diddley, Super Blues, His Best, Two Great Guitars, The Chess Box

    Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Handsome Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    The Handsome Family

    Americana, Alternative country

    AlbumsLive at Schuba’s Tavern, Twilight, Last Days of Wonder, Singing Bones, Through the Trees

    The Handsome Family is an alternative country and Americana duo consisting of husband and wife... more on Wikipedia
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    A Hawk and a Hacksaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    Klezmer, Folk music

    AlbumsYou Have Already Gone to the Other World, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Way the Wind Blows, Darkness at Noon, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and The Hun Hangár Ensemble

    A Hawk and a Hacksaw is an American folk duo from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently signed to... more on Wikipedia
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    Lorenzo Antonio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Lorenzo Antonio

    Latin American music, Latin pop

    AlbumsMi Tributo a Juan Gabriel

    Lorenzo Antonio (born Lorenzo Antonio Sánchez Pohl October 3, 1969, in Albuquerque, New... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Martin Murphey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Michael Martin Murphey

    Popular music, Western music

    AlbumsAcoustic Christmas Carols, Cowboy Christmas: Cowboy Songs II, Cowboy Christmas III, Cowboy Christmas, Cowboy Songs

    Michael Martin Murphey (born March 14, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter best known for... more on Wikipedia

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    Freddie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Freddie Brown

    Rock music, Country
    Alfredo "Freddie" Brown (December 4, 1940 – April 30, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
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    Al Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Al Hurricane

    Alberto Nelson Sanchez (July 10, 1936 – October 22, 2017), known professionally as Al... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Eric McFadden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
    Eric McFadden (born December 1, 1965) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Scared of Chaka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Scared of Chaka

    Pop punk, Garage punk

    AlbumsHutch Brown Sayngwich, Tired of You, Crossing With Switchblades, Seven Stories tall (Singles '94-'99), How to Lose

    Scared Of Chaka is a punk rock band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, which was formed in... more on Wikipedia
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    Zozobra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Zozobra

    Post-metal, Rock music

    AlbumsHarmonic Tremors, Bird of Prey, Savage Masters

    Zozobra is a metal band that was first conceived by Caleb Scofield during 2006. He was joined... more on Wikipedia
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    The Fireballs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    The Fireballs

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    Red Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Red Earth

    Rock music, World fusion music

    AlbumsZia Soul

    Red Earth is a Native American rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico which has released three... more on Wikipedia
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    Robert Mirabal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Robert Mirabal

    Robert Mirabal (born October 6, 1966) is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Old Man Gloom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Old Man Gloom

    Doom metal, Post-metal

    AlbumsSeminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressionism, Christmas, Meditations in B, Seminar III: Zozobra, No

    Old Man Gloom is a sludge/doom metal/post-metal band originally formed in Santa Fe, New... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Chevel Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
    Chevel Shepherd (born June 18, 2002) is an American singer. She is the winner of season 15 of... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Tish Hinojosa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    AlbumsA Heart Wide Open, Aquella Noche, Best of Tish Hinojosa: Live, Retrospective, Dreaming From the Labyrinth / Soñar del Laberinto

    Leticia ("Tish") Hinojosa (born December 6, 1955, San Antonio, Texas) is a folksinger... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Scobey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Bob Scobey

    Dixieland

    AlbumsBob Scobey's Frisco Band

    Robert Alexander Scobey Jr. (December 9, 1916 – June 12, 1963) was an American jazz musician.... more on Wikipedia
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    Soular is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From New Mexico
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    Soular

    Rock music
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